Family Nephrolepidaceae / Oleandraceae
Fishtail fern
Nephrolepis biserrata (Sw.) Schott 'Furcans'

FORKED SWORD FERN

Other scientific names  Common names
Aspidium beserratum Sw. Fishtail fern (Engl.)
  Sword fern (Engl.)
  Forked sword fern (Engl.)


Botany
Stoloniferous fern with short erect rhizomes. Leaves are up to 90 cm long, leathery, arching, green to yellow green with the leaflets are forked at the end.

Distribution
Widely cultivated in Philippine gardens.

Parts utilized
Leaves, roots.

Uses
Nutrition
Edible: Leaves are boiled and eaten as vegetable.
In New Guinea, roots are pounded to flour. source
Folkloric
No recorded folkloric use in the Philippines.
In Tahiti, used for blisters, boils, abscesses and sores. source
In Cameroon, decoction of fronds used for lower abdominal pains. source
In NW Guyana, leaves used for treatment of wounds and cuts. source


Availability
Garden cultivation.

Additional Sources

New flavone and isoflavone glycoside from Belamcanda chinensis
Chinese Chemical LettersVolume 18, Issue 2, February 2007, Pages 158-160
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?

Phenolic constituents of rhizomes of the Thai medicinal plant with proliferative activity for two breast cancer lines
Monthakantirat,-O; De-Eknamkul,-W; Umehara,-K; Yoshinaga,-Y; Miyase,-T; Warashina,-T; Noguchi,-H
http://grande.nal.usda.gov/ibids/index.php?mode2=detail&origin=ibids_references&therow=773181

Detection of antifungal activity of B. chinensis
OH Ki-Bong (1) ; KANG Heonjoong (2) ; MATSUOKA Hideaki (3)
http://grande.nal.usda.gov/ibids/index.